Western States 100 Lottery is OPEN!

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

I just registered for the Western States 100 – the most iconic of all the 100-mile trail runs.

I’ve done 3 of the other events in the UltraRunning “Grand Slam” (you need to run 4 of the 5 events – some lunatics run all four in a single year to complete an official “slam” – impressive!!!) – Vermont 100, Leadville 100, and Wasatch 100 (Old Dominion 100 in Va is also considered one of the originals, but I’ve not run that one yet) – so crossing my fingers for a successful lottery next month – wish me luck!

Here is some info about the WS100:

The Western States ® 100-Mile Endurance Run is the world’s oldest 100 mile trail race. The Run starts in Olympic Valley, California, near the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and ends 100.2 miles later in Auburn, California. In the decades since its inception in 1974, Western States has come to represent one of the ultimate endurance tests in the world.

Traversing the traditional lands of the Nisenan, Washoe, and other neighboring Indigenous Peoples, the Western States Trail climbs more than 18,000 feet and descends nearly 23,000 feet before runners reach the finish at Placer High School in Auburn. In the miles between Olympic Valley and Auburn, runners experience the majestic high country of Emigrant Pass and the Granite Chief Wilderness, the crucible of the canyons of the California gold country, a memorable crossing of the ice cold waters of the Middle Fork of the American River, and finally the historic reddish brown trails that led many travelers, including gold prospectors, to Auburn.

For almost five decades, Western States has been home to some of the sport’s most stirring and legendary competitions. With more than 1,500 dedicated volunteers helping to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Run has stirred the spirit of runners from all walks of life, from all over the globe.

Offering the sport’s oldest and most prized possession – a sub-24-hour silver belt buckle and a sub-30-hour bronze belt buckle – Western States remains one of the undisputed crown jewels of human endurance.

About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

  • You’ve got my vote! I’ll wait for you at the finish line with a bottle of Relief and some Happy Juice, Heart and Omega! What else?! Good Luck winning the lottery!

  • Shawn!!! Remember you met me! my family started the Old Dominion 100 mile run…..in Va. part of the Grand Slam….we are opening soon for registration and will fill up fast!!
    Kelly Clement

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